Just a few steps down and across the street from Les Toiles du Soleil is the venerable patisserie, Angelina, that was first established in 1903. Any commercial entity that manages to stand the test of time (112 years!) is something to be reckoned with… add to that some of the best tasting eclairs and other baked goods (we had their croissants, financiers and raisin danishes on several previous visits) and it is pretty much worth the visit if you are anywhere near Rue du Bac or any of their nearly a dozen locations throughout the city of Paris (and now some foreign locations as well). Coco Chanel was reputedly one of their regular clients in her heyday, amongst other equally famous/infamous folks.
Beautiful individual tarts and cakes ranging from Euro5-10+ seem a bit extravagant, but when you consider it all, at say PHP250 for a a few mouthfuls of delight, an occasional indulgence doesn’t seem so unreasonable.
I have a particular weakness for raisin danishes and have tried dozens and dozens all around the world. Angelina’s has a pretty good one, probably in my top 10 globally, but the one in the photo above is a bit old, probably made earlier in the day. They are best when fresh out of the oven.
It was heading towards the holidays, hence the Christmas tree of madeleines in the window.
The evening I took these photos, I couldn’t resist and bought one pistachio financier and lugged it around Paris all evening until we got back to the apartment, and enjoyed it as a midnight snack with a large mug of hot tea. It was still terrific. But terrific. :)